What is a self-propelled forage harvester?

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The self-propelled forage harvester is a special machine used to harvest silage.
It has the advantages of maneuverability, high efficiency, and good working quality, and is widely used in animal husbandry production.
With the development of animal husbandry, more and more farmers and herdsmen have begun to use mechanized equipment to harvest forage.
So, what functions and advantages does it have? This article will answer these questions for you in detail.
I also hope that this information can help farmers in need.
You can choose agricultural machinery and equipment that suits you.

What is a silage harvester

First, let’s answer the question of what a self-propelled silage combine harvester is.
The self-propelled forage harvester is a kind of agricultural machinery and equipment.
Mainly used for harvesting corn, fodder and other pastures.
And carry out steps such as crushing, mixing, compression and sealing to finally make high-quality silage.
It consists of chassis, cab, harvesting head, conveying system, shredding system, baling system and hydraulic system.
The most significant feature of this type of harvester is that it can drive autonomously,
There is no need for human pushing or vehicle pulling, thus improving productivity and work safety.
Compared with passive tractor-pulled harvesters, they are more flexible and more convenient to operate.

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Self propelled forage harvester use

Self propelled forage harvester are mainly used to harvest forage, corn silage, rice straw and other crops.
It can carry out cutting, threshing, compaction and other processes of crops,
And load the processed feed into transport vehicles.
As additive feed for livestock. Common uses include:
(1) Harvest forage and make silage;
(2) Harvest corn, beans and other silage crops;
(3) Provide nutritious additive feed for livestock.

Self-propelled forage harvester workflow

Next, ANON will introduce to you in detail how the self-propelled silage harvester works.
First, the harvester will move through the grass field at a certain speed and cut the grass with the machine’s blade;
The forage is then fed into a chopper, which chops the forage into appropriate lengths;
The chopped forage is conveyed to a container that compacts or shakes it as needed to compact the forage;

1: The driver drives the self-propelled silage harvester to the center of the field.
2: Start the harvesting head to harvest the forage and send it to the conveyor system.
3: The conveying system transports the forage to the shredding system for crushing.
4: The chopped forage passes through the conveyor system again and is sent to the baling system.
5: The baling system compresses and seals the forage to make silage.
6: Store the finished silage in a specific warehouse or place.

Advantages and Disadvantages

So, through the above introduction, everyone has a certain basic understanding of this harvester.
Below, ANON will explain to you the advantages and disadvantages of self-propelled silage harvesters.
After reading this, it will be helpful to you when choosing a harvester, so don’t miss it.

The advantages of self-propelled harvesters are as follows:
Maneuverable and flexible: The self-propelled type has a power device and can travel on its own.
There is no need to tow a vehicle, so it has high maneuverability.
High efficiency: Cutting, threshing, compaction and other processes can be carried out at the same time, so it has high production efficiency.
Good work quality: Self-propelled harvesters can be precisely controlled, so they can achieve high work quality.
Of course, self-propelled harvesters also have the following disadvantages:
High price: Therefore, there are certain requirements for the user’s financial strength.
High operating requirements: The operation of self-propelled forage harvester is relatively complex.
Therefore, there are certain requirements for the technical level of operators.


In general, choosing a self-propelled silage harvester can greatly improve the harvesting efficiency of silage and reduce labor intensity.
However, the initial investment cost is also relatively high, and users need to consider the actual situation comprehensively.
For farmers looking to increase production efficiency and provide high-quality forage feed,
A silage harvester is certainly an ideal choice.
If your budget is limited, you can also learn about other types of combine harvesters through our platform.
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